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8649 Transfer from Werris Creek

   
 

On the 2nd December 2019 Electric Locomotive 8649 was transferred from Werris Creek to Morandoo Yard (near Broadmeadow) in preparation to be lifted off its bogies at Cardiff workshops, to enable a full examination of the underframe. This was the first time 8649 had left the Werris Creek area in nearly 20 years. Following this inspection the locomotive is expected to be returned to Werris Creek for further recommissioning works.


Between Quirindi and Willow Tree the speed limit of the train was increased to 60km/h. At Willow Tree the locos were stopped and bearing temperatures checked again. The temperatures were found satisfactory, with 8649 reading 1 degree below a spot comparison bearing measurement on 8131. After Willow Tree we all rode in the cab of 8131, with the Progress Rail fitter being dropped off so he could return to Werris Creek. Here the locos are shown after the checks have been made and we are waiting to depart. Photo by Michael McGinty
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